Compact bedrooms

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There are some great examples of bedrooms with stylish bunk beds to sleep several people in one room. This can work well for kids, who don’t mind sharing space.  It’s still always nice to create a separate bedroom for guests, I thought the picture of the room above was a great way to divide a small space and still create …

Great gallery walls: how to create one

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I like the look of gallery walls, and often use them in my own spaces.  The image above is from a small apartment I renovated and decorated.  I find the key is making sure you have enough artwork to fill in the space, they don’t look good if it’s too skimpy. It’s a great style, and can be an excellent …

Deb’s Top Three: Stylish front door

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Creating a stylish front door can really add to the curb appeal and character of your home.  I’ve done a few front door makeovers and I think if you consider these 3 things you can create a stylish area. 1. A BLACK FRONT DOOR Painting a front door black is a classic look, that tends to go with many different …

Deb’s Top Three: Barstools

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Buying bar stools for your kitchen can take some thought.  The style should be in line with the look of your kitchen and there are a lot of different stools available.  Also, the function and comfort are very important depending on how you use the space – for example, is this an area where people will be sitting for hours …

Deb’s Top Three: Brass table lamps

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These days brass/gold table lamps are everywhere I turn!  The beautiful lamp above is from SchoolHouseElectric, made in Oregon.  I like the style of these lamps and I think they would work best as a desk lamp or hall table lighting. I’ve been reading a lot about the version from Target (below) because it’s very affordable. Here is the Target version …

Small space solution: DIY sofa with storage

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This is a small space solution, that can also work if you’re in a home and looking for a multi-purpose sofa/bed/storage. When I was designing this small space above, I was looking for a way to incorporate those three elements.  There are options out there you can purchase, but I didn’t want to commit to keeping a piece of furniture there, …

Before & After: Affordable, DIY kitchen

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In this kitchen update, the only material I used was paint and that was the only cost involved!  This is what I would call a true paint makeover.  Here are a few BEFORE pictures: And a few more of the AFTER pictures.  I painted 8 different surfaces in this kitchen, can you spot the changes?   Painted surfaces included: 1. …

Design inspiration: open ceilings

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I’ve always loved the look of open ceilings – it gives a room such a bright, spacious and open feeling.  In the room above I have an open beam ceiling that adds a lot of character to the space.  Of course my open ceiling (and room) is painted white. This room isn’t as high as some cathedral ceilings, but still has …

Ask Deb Nelson: should I paint an antique?

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A question I get asked a lot, is whether or not I think it’s okay for people to paint an antique piece of furniture.  The answer to this is a definite: It Depends! It depends on many factors about the antique. Starting off with the type of wood, the style and value of the piece.  There are some formal, traditional styles …

Inspiration: antique textiles

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I love the picture above that shows how fabulous old, worn textiles – like rugs can work layered with new rugs.  I sometimes layer old rugs with a sisal underneath.  I’m always searching for antique kilim rugs and here are a few more in my house. I’m now on the hunt for additional antique textiles to make into pillows, more …